Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of September 16. As of press time, members of the General Assembly were set to return to session September 23.
SB 1103 seeks to establish a two-year window during which the civil statute of limitations would be suspended to allow past victims of child sex abuse to access the justice system.
Currently, victims have until age 30 to bring civil claims against their abusers.
The bill, set to be introduced by state Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin, and state Representative Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, on September 25, is intended to be companion legislation to HB 238, co-authored by Rozzi and state Representative Michael McGeehan, D-Philadelphia.
SB 858 would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour by 2015.
SB 1099 would raise the wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage.
In a statement, the two bills’ sponsor, state Senator Christine Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, said New York’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9 an hour by 2015 under legislation enacted earlier this year, and New Jersey voters are going to the polls this fall to decide whether to raise that state’s minimum wage.
Tartaglione’s bills face a 27-23 Republican majority in the Senate.
Legislative Personnel Changes
The chief clerk of the Senate, W. Russell Faber, is set to retire December 31, according to an announcement by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson.
The chief clerk is responsible for all business functions of the Senate. He also acts as the open records officer under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law and serves as secretary of the Senate Committee on Management Operations.
The Senate plans to establish a search committee to review qualified candidates for the position.
Darren Smith, an associate at Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson, has been tapped to serve as chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, beginning September 30.
The state House of Representatives is set to hold a special election January 28, 2014, to fill the seat in the 78th Legislative District in Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties, left vacant by the death of former state Representative Dick Hess on September 6.